Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 17th Sep 2012 16:56 UTC, submitted by Andy McLaughlin
OSNews, Generic OSes "Visopsys (VISual OPerating SYStem) is an alternative operating system for PC-compatible computers, developed almost exclusively by one person, Andy McLaughlin, since its inception in 1997. Andy is a 30-something programmer from Canada, who, via Boston and San Jose ended up in London, UK, where he spends much of his spare time developing Visopsys. We had the great fortune to catch up with Andy via email and ask him questions about Visopsys, why he started the project in the first place, and where is it going in the future."
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RE: The hardest part
by ferrels on Mon 17th Sep 2012 18:01 UTC in reply to "The hardest part"
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That all sounds good in theory, but in practice it reduces your OS to running on hardware of the least common denominator (in terms of performance)....your driver may work on 98%+ of the hardware out there but the performance suffers immensely. VESA drivers for video are a good example of this. Almost all video hardware will work in VESA mode, but you're essentially left with only the most basic functions and features....i.e. no hardware GPU acceleration, limited color depths and resolutions, etc.

Edited 2012-09-17 18:02 UTC

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